April 14, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Sacramento Kings logo on a wall during a game against the Houston Rockets in the third quarter at the Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Kings 121-100. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Investor says he did not knowingly give money to anti-arena group

Seattle investor (though he’s San Francisco based) Chris Hansen, who was the driving force behind the Sacramento Kings’ potential move to Seattle was recently outed for giving $80,000 dollars to a local anti-arena group attempting to halt the construction of a new venue in Sacramento.

The NBA, upon an agreement with the ownership group headed by Vivek Ranadive, who purchased the Kings, stated that an arena must be built by a certain date – a date that the anti-arena group was hoping to stop, or at minimum, delay which may have resulted in the Kings being put back up for sale.

Hansen syphoned money to the group through a law firm ironically once used by the Maloof family and was fined for his involvement today, though, said he had no knowledge that the money provided would go to the anti-arena group or their signature gathering attempts.

Per Chris Daniels:

JUST IN: Chris Hansen agrees to settlement with FPPC “It was never my desire or intent to either directly fund signature gathering…”

Hansen: (cont) “…or to be the primary financial sponsor of the opposition’s efforts.”

Hansen:..”without my knowledge or consent, Loeb & Loeb advanced $80,000 to GoCo consulting to collect signatures to qualify an initiative..”

Hansen: “…and I neither directed nor authorized Loeb & Loeb to make this expenditure on my behalf.”

Hansen: “During this entire process, I never spoke with, emailed, met, or had any correspondence with GoCo, Brandon Powers, STOP…”

Hansen: “..or Taxpayers for Safer Neighborhoods.”

And George Strait once said – and I have ocean front property in Arizona.

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